The Valleys of Neptune: A tribute to Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix was very busy in 1969. Coming off the success of the number 1 album, Electric Ladyland, Hendrix had developed a reputation as both a masterful showman and a brilliant experimentalist.
That year, Jimi built his own recording studio, closed the show at Woodstock, and recorded with a new group, The Band of Gypsys. All the while, he kept up a busy touring schedule and recorded constantly.
Unlike contemporary artists like The Beatles and Bob Dylan, Hendrix was not contractually obligated to record at a specific studio. Consequently, he could record wherever he pleased and would grab studio time where and when he could.
Valleys of Neptune is a chronicle of Jimi's studio experiments in 1969 and 70. He seemed to have two goals: to perfect some of his earlier material (which he thought to be uneven) and to find a new musical direction.
The Valleys of Neptune radio special contains new interviews with Jimi's sister, Janie; his bass player and Army buddy, Billy Cox; his recording engineer, Eddie Kramer; his biographer, John McDermott; and Andy Fairweather Low who toured with Hendrix in 1967 and sings on the previously-unreleased version of Stone Free.
These twelve previously-unreleased recordings help answer the question: where was Jimi headed next?
The radio special provides a glimpse into a musical genius and gives listeners a behind-the-scenes look at some "new" recordings by the man who changed forever the electric guitar.